Irrigation Maintenance

first_imgTo avoid disaster due to subfreezing winter temperatures, leaky pipes and uninvited rodents, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation specialist Wes Porter recommends that Georgia growers inspect their irrigation systems before planting their crops this spring.“We’ve got to get our irrigation systems in top shape, up and ready to run. Once the crops are up, the last thing you want is an irrigation system to break down,” Porter said.Planting season is just weeks away for Georgia corn growers, who normally start planting at the beginning of March. Now is the best time to inspect irrigation equipment, Porter said.“I encourage (growers) to do a quick search online or go to their county (Extension) office and ask for our spring center-pivot checklist,” he said. “It goes through the components (that growers) should check very thoroughly, has detailed pictures of the critical areas to check, discusses what to look for and even how to correct most of the problems.”The center-pivot maintenance guide can be found online in UGA Extension Bulletin 1452, located at farmers begin planting their crops, they may apply irrigation to establish proper plant stands or activate herbicides, and a leaky pipe or flat tire can delay those plans.“If farmers take care of these maintenance procedures before the growing season begins, it will save them much-needed time during critical water-use periods and prevent potential yield loss to their crops due to moisture stress,” Porter said.Growers should test irrigation systems and let them run to make sure they are operating efficiently prior to their initial use on this season’s crops, he said.“Start the system up and make sure it’s working with proper operating pressure. It’s a good idea to check the flow rate to make sure (it’s) where it is supposed to be. You can also visually check all the nozzles to ensure they’re all working properly,” Porter said.Growers should also make sure that sprinklers are rotating properly, in a uniform pattern.Change the oil and clean the air filters on motors that run on diesel, gas or propane. Make sure that pumps are ready and free of overwintering animals or insects, their nests and cobwebs.UGA Extension water educators can come to growers’ fields to take uniformity tests. Through these tests, they can check water distribution across a pivot and find where growers can potentially save money.To learn more about UGA Extension water educators, visit read more

Inside Marketing: Using automation to grow member relationships

first_imgMarketing automation has become a mainstay in the digital marketer’s toolbox. Unlike specific tactics, which come and go over time, marketing automation technology exists to improve efficiency and results, regardless of which tactic is being used.To compete and survive against new, disruptive online-only banking models, credit unions need to increase their adoption of new marketing technologies that boost customer experience, campaign success and marketing ROI. Implementing marketing automation is one of the best ways to do that.What is marketing automation?Marketing automation software is often cloud-based and is capable of automating such key marketing activities as personalized emails, nurturing leads, online chat and digital advertising management. Not only can these tools save you time, they can execute marketing activities at a scale and speed not otherwise possible.Much of the marketing you experience as a consumer today, especially from large brands, has been automated in some part. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Construction crews set to return to Merkel Road in Batesville

first_imgBatesville, In. — Crews from Cincinnati-based Paul H. Rohe Company return to the Merkel Road project in Batesville next week, weather permitting. Last year, the project was stymied by poor weather conditions, utility conflicts and unforeseen conditions.Mayor Mike Bettice explains the crews will be working on storm sewer infrastructure until June. Widening and other construction will continue through the summer.When the project is complete it will allow improved access to one of the only type structures along I-74 between Indianapolis and Cincinnati.The shell building is about 54,000-square-feet and can be expandable up to 200,000-square-feet. Additionally, the site has ample parking capacity for trucks, trailers and cars.last_img


first_imgAmong other issues, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav raised the Among other issues, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav raised the issue of accountability of the media and pitched for striking a balance on the issue of freedom of speech. “Only politicians are accountable…but others must also have some accountability,” he said. He said the maximum hiring and firing is in the media sector where “Owners have become editors”. J D Seelam (Congress) expressed concern over “commercialisation” of politics and incidents where public representatives are lured by money. Tapen Sen (CPI-M) said in a democracy, it is the numbers which decide, but efforts should be made to reach consensus on different issues. He said members may argue or even quarrel in the House, but things never go to “personal level”. Kanaklata Singh (SP) gave an emotional farewell speech in which she said people in politics should realise that it is means to serve people. BJP member V P Singh Badnore raised the issue of disruptions of the House and demanded that members creating ruckus and stalling the proceedings be penalised. Chairman Hamid Ansari said parting is painful and more so when it involves a colleague and friend. He said every member retiring has “contributed significantly”. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said politicians dont retire and end of term in Rajya Sabha does not mean retirement from public life. While some may come back, others may change positions. K C Tyagi (JD-U) in a lighter vein remarked that he would now be able to make long duration speeches, which were not allowed in the House by the chair and may even use unparliamentary words. PTI ADS NKD AKKadvertisementlast_img read more